Sit Command - Train Your Dog To Sit

It's Just Good Manners

Sit Command:

Train your dog to sit so when she jumps up on guests, begs at the dinner table, gets carried away in the park and any time you need to let her know who’s boss, so you have control!

Use the SIT command before putting the dog food dish down. Make her wait a second or two. You’ll help establish yourself as pack leader. Use “sit” if she starts pulling on the leash.

Training a dog to "sit" is one of the easiest commands of all.

This is an excellent command to try out your new CLICKER with!

  • To teach a dog to sit, stand on the right side of your dog, hold treat a little high and in front of his nose and slowly raise it up and over her head with your right hand. Her nose and head will follow upwards.

  • Don’t hold the treat too far away or she’ll try to jump for it.

  • As her head is going up and back, gently press down on her back end with your other hand. At the SAME time, tell her “GOOD SIT” over and over.

  • As soon as the dog’s hind end touches the ground, CLICK! GIVE HER THE TREAT. Praise her! Tell her “good sit, good sit.”

  • Also, any time you see her start to sit, tell your dog, “GOOD SIT” and keep praising her after she sits down. Any time you see her sit down on her own, you can use the CLICKER as her rear end hits the floor.

Do this enough times and your dog will start to sit without the treats and clicker.

Some dogs get so excited when they learn to do something like “sit” that they will run up to you and sit just because they know it pleases you!

When she no longer needs to sit, release her with a command. I like “UP.” Tell her, “UP that’s all” so she can go about her business. (That applies to any command like “down” or “stay.’)

You will likely notice that “sit” is flawed, in that it is one of those commands that has no time limit. To the dog, as soon as his butt hits the floor, she HAS COMPLETED THE COMMAND. So, why should she stay there? Why not get up and do something else? He did “SIT” didn't he? That’s all we asked her to do.

Thus, we need to teach her to STAY. The command “stay” is more difficult to execute than “sit” and we’ll get to that next because sitting without staying "doggie sit" is kind of pointless.

As your dog begins to get the idea of what she is to do, hold back on the treats. Give her a treat every third or fourth time she gets the sit command and finally none at all. First, you don’t want her totally dependent on the treat before she will obey and secondly, you don't want a fat dog. The treat is a tool. When the problem is fixed, put the tool away. Same with the clicker.

NOTE: About “SIT”: Several dogs are not well equipped to “Sit.” The Great Dane and Greyhound for example have very long legs. I’ve had personal experience with both dogs. Sitting is almost impossible. It’s like trying to teach them to “roll over.” It just does not work very well because of their physical makeup.

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